Tuchel worried after Arsenal fire four past Chelsea in pre-season

(Football news) A record 63,811 fans at Orlando's Camping World Stadium saw Arsenal humiliate London rivals Chelsea 4-0 just two weeks before the new Premier League season begins. Former Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus continued his fine form for the Gunners, scoring his fourth pre-season goal with a delicate chip over Edouard Mendy after 15 minutes. Norwegian footballer Martin Odegaard also found the back of the net with a low finish from Gabriel Martinelli’s pass while Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga were also on the scoresheet. 

Saka scored Arsenal’s third in the second half, capitalising on a rebound after Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved Granit Xhaka’s volley while Albert Sambi Lokonga scored from a header in injury time. Chelsea’s new signing Kalidou Koulibaly made a 17 minute appearance for the Blues and put up an impressive shift but it was little respite for Thomas Tuchel. Worryingly for Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus was forced off injuries and Mikel Arteta will hope that the Brazilian is fit and firing by the time the new Premier League season begins. 

Speaking after the match Mikel Arteta said “He got a knock in the first-half in his quad I think and it wasn't very comfortable to continue and, obviously, we didn't take any risks today. As you could see there are a lot of positives to take from the game, the way we played, the intensity we showed, the way we were trying to show who we are as a team. But at the same time, it's just a test match. Don't get carried away. There are still a lot of things that we have to get better at and do better. 

“But I think it's good to get some momentum, finish the tour in the right way, give some enjoyment to our fans and everybody that's been contributing to make this tour happen. Now it's time to go back to London, to focus and keep making improvements and steps forwards. We had a great time. Thank you so much for everybody that participated in organising this tour. We've tried to make it as enjoyable and as productive as possible. On the sporting side, the facilities were really good in both games that we played and they were really good, competitive matches, and great attendance so we're looking forward to getting back one day." 

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said “I think we deserved to lose – which is fair enough – because we were simply not good enough. We were absolutely not competitive. The worrying part is the level of commitment, physically and mentally, for this match was not the same, it was far higher for Arsenal than us. We can argue they played with I think their strongest line-up; they've now had several weeks together and for more than one year. They've strengthened their line-up, played the same structure, and this is the line-up they'll try to start Premier League games. It was not our strongest line-up and this is part of an explanation, but only a little part. The other part is worrying." 

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